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    Perfect Pairs – April/May 2018

    Intimate dinner parties by the fireplace are fun all winter long, but spring entertaining can go big. Have a crowd over for that first outdoor barbecue—even if guests eventually wrap up in blankets and cozy up to the fire pit—or host a buffet-style weekend brunch for Mother’s Day (and skip the lines at the restaurants) […]

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  • Mother's Day Brunch

    Oh Mother, Let’s Brunch!

    “Mom: A title just above queen”—UNKNOWN By Kathleen Vivaldi The American Mother’s Day tradition dates back to the 19th century, when Anna Jarvis, a social activist, originally founded the “Mother’s Day Work Clubs,” designed to give guidance and support to women on how to care for their children prior to the Civil War. Mother’s Day […]

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  • Wild Mushroom Saute

    A Creative Springtime Breakfast

    Savory Chickpea Pancake with Wild Mushroom Sauté, Sunny-Side Egg and Fresh Herb Chimichurri Chickpea pancakes, also known as farinata, are a simple, delicious and low carb addition to any breakfast. You can top them with anything, but here we are using fresh wild mushrooms with leeks, sunny-side eggs and fresh chimichurri. This is a well […]

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  • Campo Italian restaurants

    The Gathering Place

    By Thea Marie Rood Photography Courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, LLC There are “Italian” restaurants galore—those “endless breadstick” or frozen-pizza-dough chains—especially in tourist areas, which makes discovering Campo Mammoth, in the heart of the charming and kid-friendly “Village,” borderline surprising. Until, that is, you find out who’s behind it: Mark Estee, likely the most […]

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  • PHOTO COURTESY OF SÜP

    Süp’s On!

    For a warm winter meal, you can’t beat this popular Midtown eatery. But you should also know the backstory of this determined Reno couple—and how they eventually found the recipe for success. By Paula Rile When Christian and Kasey Christensen describe their decade at the helm of Reno restaurant Süp (pronounced “soup” of course), they […]

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  • Coffee

    Black Velvet Coffee

    As always, we have advice for discovering the best and the brightest in the Sierra Nevada. Still doing some holiday shopping? We’ve got you covered, with handcrafted soaps and lotions or freshly picked mandarins. And we’ve collected recipes and pairing ideas for the December holidays, but also for January, when the cleanses and diets begin […]

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  • Pizza

    Chow? Ciao!

    Skillet Pizza, or more authentically Pizza in Padella, is Italian made easy: fresh ingredients, dough just so, cook it! By Paula Riley When it’s time to celebrate fall’s cooler evenings and deepening sky with flavorful dishes that can feed a family or a party gathered round the fire pit, inveterate Reno cook Lorena Merighi hand-makes […]

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  • Winterhill Olive Oil

    Winterhill Olive Oil

    Fall is harvest season for grapes and apples, of course, but also for olives. Find fresh, locally sourced, handcrafted specialty oils—to use yourself and to give as thoughtful holiday gifts to the cooks on your list. Story and Photography by Brinkley Maine Fourteen years ago, Richard Wolf and Annette Schoonover were on the hunt for […]

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  • Steve Anderson

    Perfect Pairs

    By Steve Anderson, Executive Chef of Northstar California Late Summer: When I think late summer in North Lake Tahoe, I think of perfect warm weather during the day with cool nights, my girls getting back into their soccer games and school, and our group of Truckee families trying to squeeze in those last barbecues before […]

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  • The Truffle Shop

    Small Town Flavor

    by Katrina Paz Photography by Kat Alves The Truffle Shop The Truffle Shop, in Nevada City, is the perfect stop for your sweetheart—any day of the year. Tucked away in Nevada City’s historic New York Hotel among a menagerie of boutiques is The Truffle Shop. Locals boast that it’s home to the best chocolate they’ve […]

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